- 1 Games
- 1.1 Oceanhorn ™
- 1.2 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
- 1.3 Retro City Rampage DX
- 1.4 Bully: Anniversary Edition
- 1.5 Apollo Justice Ace Attorney
- 1.6 Dawn of Titans
- 1.7 Hero Generations
- 1.8 Legends of Callasia
- 1.9 Shadow Bug
- 1.10 TIME LOCKER - Shooter
- 1.11 Qurius
- 1.12 The Quest - Isles of Ice&Fire
- 1.13 Defend Your Turf: Street Fight
- 1.14 Conduct THIS!
- 1.15 Eternal Maze Puzzle Adventure
- 1.16 Cubway
- 1.17 Tower Of The Wizard
- 1.18 Retro Winter Sports 1986
- 1.19 The Station
- 1.20 Catch the Bus
- 1.21 Solitairica
- 1.22 Creature Battle Lab
- 1.23 Symmetria: Path to Perfection
- 1.24 Color Glide
Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.
Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.
Android Police coverage: Oceanhorn, a Zelda-inspired premium action adventure game, sets sail for the Play Store
Oceanhorn takes pretty much all of its inspiration from Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series. But since we're closer to a Ross Perot presidency than we are a real Zelda game on Android, it's hard to object to this one. Charming 3D graphics, solid action-adventure gameplay, and an expansive world of islands and dungeons are some of the selling points, in addition to full controller and Android TV compatibility. It's free to download with a $5.49 promotional price for the full game.
You wake up and find a letter from your father. He is gone… The only lead is his old notebook and a mysterious necklace. What happened? Explore the islands of Uncharted Seas, a world filled with many dangers, puzzles and secrets. Fight monsters, learn to use magic and discover ancient treasures which will help you on your quest. Use all your wits and skill to unravel the mysteries of ancient kingdom Arcadia and sea monster Oceanhorn.
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Android Police coverage: 1979 Revolution: Black Friday now available on the Google Play Store
Mobile games (and video games in general) that cover real topics in a sober way are rare. Black Friday is a point-and-click adventure story that takes place during the 1979 Iranian revolution. The historical fiction story asks for crucial choices from the player to guide the progress of a photojournalist covering the revolution and its aftermath. A few photography segments (sort of like a more realistic Pokémon Snap) break things up. Note that the $5 game requires an octa-core processor to run.
Based on real stories from Iran between 1978-1981. In this cinematic adventure game you navigate this momentous revolution with only two weapons: your camera and your morality. You play as Reza, a photojournalist, where you get caught up by two opposing sides of the revolution. The fates of those around you hinge on the consequences of your choices. Unlike anything you’ve played before, 1979 Revolution immerses players into a moving and engaging experience where a documentary and a game come together.
Retro City Rampage DX
Android Police coverage: Steam favorite Retro City Rampage DX blends GTA crime sprees with NES-style graphics and minigames
Retro City Rampage is essentially an unofficial "de-make" of Grand Theft Auto, bringing the open-world crime gameplay into just two dimensions. What it lacks in polygons it makes up for in humor and style: references and mini-games harken back to the NES and general 80s and 90s culture at every turn. The game was a hit on Steam, and the Android version supports controllers and Android TV for just five bucks.
Retro City Rampage reimagines the open world crime genre like it's 1989. Rampage the city, steal cars, or play over 60 story mode missions. This remastered pop culture send-up features a full Story Mode of open world missions, along with Arcade Challenges for quick pick-up-and-play action. Explore the city by foot or by car, and discover minigames, customizations, collectibles, special guest stars, and more.
Bully: Anniversary Edition
Android Police coverage: Rockstar's Bully: Anniversary Edition now available for Android, costs $6.99 on the Play Store
Bully, originally released for the PlayStation 2 way back in 2006, was something of a cornerstone for Rockstar's non-GTA portfolio. Equal parts South Park and Clockwork Orange, the story puts you in the shoes of a 15-year-old malcontent. The gameplay never leaves the somewhat sensationalized world of a WASPy prep school, but biting humor and creative minigames make the whole package something special. The Android version is $7, and despite the subject matter it is decidedly not for kids.
The Rockstar Games tradition of groundbreaking, original gameplay and humorous tongue-in-cheek storytelling invades the schoolyard in Bully: Anniversary Edition. As mischievous 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins you’ll navigate the social hierarchy of the corrupt and crumbling prep school, Bullworth Academy. Stand up to bullies, get picked on by teachers, beat the jocks at dodge ball, play pranks, win or lose the girl and survive a year in the worst school around.
Apollo Justice Ace Attorney
Android Police coverage: [No Objections] Capcom favorite Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney lands in the Play Store for $16
The first of Capcom's Ace Attorney series to come to Android is actually the fourth of the Nintendo DS games to be released - the original trilogy got an iPhone version, but no Play Store release. Apollo Justice uses pretty much the same gameplay, a mix of courtroom drama visual novel and hidden object investigation segments. The humor is over-the-top in typical anime style. Android players get shafted by the price structure, too: unlike the episodic iOS version, you'll have to buy all four chapters at once for $16. OBJECTION.
Star as rookie defense attorney, Apollo Justice, as he visits crime scenes, questions key witnesses and collects vital evidence before stepping into the courtroom to prove his clients’ innocence.
- All-new high-resolution graphics
- A new touch screen interface
- Interactive forensic testing mini-games that allow players to reveal hidden clues by dusting for prints, testing for traces of blood, and other exciting techniques.
- Two distinct gameplay segments:
- Investigation phase – survey crime scenes, interview witnesses and gather forensic evidence that will be used in court
- Trial phase – present findings from the investigation to support your case, listen to testimonies and examine witnesses
Dawn of Titans
Dawn of Titans is an ambitious mobile strategy game that adopts full desktop-style 3D graphics to illustrate its mythical battles. Armies are made up of units of puny humans and individual colossal titans, and unlike many strategy games on the Play Store, the game features both a singleplayer campaign and multiplayer online battles. That said, Dawn of Titans does bow to the mobile gods in at least one aspect: it's free with in-app purchases that go up to an obscene $300.
The BEST graphics on mobile – You’ve never seen a game like this before. Control COLOSSAL TITANS and THOUSANDS OF WARRIORS in STUNNING 3D wars. CAPTURE enemy lands, grow your army, and come to fight, because in Dawn of Titans you either GO BIG or you GO HOME. Join your friends and PLAY FOR FREE. In the most massive ACTION-STRATEGY game on mobile.
Hero Generations attempts to mix PRG elements with grid-based strategy games like Civilization or Advance Wars. But it also expands the basic grid gameplay with more varied elements in a fantasy setting, like crafting, base-building, finding a spouse and raising a family before your roguelike permadeath. Each turn represents a year in your character's life, so choose carefully. The cartoon art is charming, and while it's a little pricey at $5, there are no in-app purchases.
Hero Generations is an innovative and award-winning Roguelike/4X Strategy game where every turn is one year of your life. It’s been called “the offspring of Sid Meier's Civilization, Jason Rohrer's Passage, and The Legend of Zelda." Explore, find a mate, build a home, and raise a child before you die to keep your legacy going. Hero Generations is simple yet deep: 4X Strategy on the individual level. Each turn is a meaningful choice, without the tedious micromanagement.
Legends of Callasia
Legends of Callasia is a strategy game with Risk-ish elements, but a setting that's more comfy with elves and dwarves. Players try to expand their kingdoms across a map by creating units and engaging with their foes in a way that will be familiar to anyone who's tried the board game, but collectible cards and hero units can be played to shift events and gain a strategic advantage. The game has both single and multiplayer maps with up to 8 combatants at a time. The full game is $15 (same as the Steam version) with an optional $8 expansion.
The Great Callasian War rages across the lands. Choose a faction and awaken the legendary heroes to lead your armies and destroy enemy forces. Build cities, conquer kingdoms, and form or break alliances on tabletop-style maps with bonus cards that can turn the tide of battle. Follow the story of the factions in single-player campaign missions, or test friendships in online multiplayer with an original simultaneous turn-based system that adds deep strategic elements in predicting other players’ moves.
Shadow Bug is a whimsical take on the action-platformer. You play an animate dot with some ninja weapons, slicing through Lovecraftian monsters with tap-and-swipe gestures. The monsters themselves are more like stepping stones than obstacles, allowing you to zip around the level like a fantasy martial artist. The silhouetted foreground graphics are bit dull, but they offset the hand-painted backgrounds nicely. Shadow Bug is free with IAP that goes up to $22, which kind of sucks, because the $4 iOS version doesn't have any.
You are the overpowered ninja hero Shadow Bug. Save your home forest from the evil factory by slicing monsters to pieces. TAP ON THE MONSTER. Leap, slash, splash. One finger is all you need. Become the ultimate ninja and adventure through beautiful and twisted landscapes full of action and adventure.
- Hand crafted levels filled with action, exploration and puzzles.
- Memorable boss fights.
- Mesmerizing art with picturesque parallax backgrounds and mystical silhouettes.
- Breathtaking soundscape with an epic soundtrack and immersive sound effects.
- Leaderboards for speedrunning levels.
- A completely new take on platformer games.
TIME LOCKER - Shooter
If you've played the indie PC game Super Hot, imagine the same concept made into a top-down shooter. In Time Locker, the game's playing field, enemies, and bullets all freeze when you move your finger off the screen, only resuming once you start to move again. It makes for an interesting mix of frantic screen-filling madness and slow, methodical choices. Graphics are simple polygons, and power-ups allow for more powerful shooting in the simple system. It's free with a $3.50 in-app purchase for a coin booster.
"If you stop, Time stops" TimeLocker. Insanely fun arcade game where when YOU stop, so does time. The speed of time in the game is controlled by the speed of your finger. Play with lots of different characters all with different abilities, and see how long you can survive in a world with lots of different types of animals that all move differently.
In Qurius, you are the benevolent god of a tiny world, discovering its secrets and helping its little polygonal people. You're not a weather god, though, because the weather in the game world mirrors real-world weather data for your location. The gameplay revolves around clearing away mystical sludge, building up shamanic shrines, and discovering new people and creatures. It's an interesting little distraction, though those looking for challenge or endgame might be put off. In-app purchases go up to almost $20.
Your weather is magic. Harvest, collect and globally share magic gems made from your real, live weather conditions. Save a mysterious world from imminent destruction. Only you can return it to its former glory. Discover insanely cute creatures, amazing stone buildings and magic portals to other worlds. Qurius is a new type of game unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, unlocking the hidden power of real time local weather and global environment data. Come explore the mystery and discover the hidden connections.
The Quest - Isles of Ice&Fire
The Quest, a loving throwback to the days of 2.5D fantasy RPGs RPGs from the 90s, hit the Play Store back in November. This stand-alone expansion doesn't require the original game, but it ties into it if you happen to have it installed. It's more pixelated fantasy goodness in a Tolkien-style world, at half the price of the full game - if you were on the fence for The Quest, give Isles of Ice & Fire a try before downloading the full version.
The Quest - Islands of Ice and Fire is an expansion to The Quest, a beautifully hand-drawn open world role playing game with old school grid-based movement and turn based combat. After enabling the expansion, you can continue to play The Quest with your existing character(s) to explore new areas and quests. However, if you don't have The Quest, you can also play the expansion as a standalone game.
Defend Your Turf: Street Fight
The tiny identical combatants in Defend Your Turf look a lot like old-school Pokémon avatars, but the gameplay is more like a strategic take on Streets of Rage. You manage a group of pixelated gangbangers, splitting them up and positioning them ideally to defeat the nearly-identical rival gang. Cover, weapons, and environmental hazers keep the stages interesting. Defend Your Turf is free with a $3 ad-free option.
In a small town somewhere on earth, a bunch of guys dressed in blue hate another bunch of guys dressed in red. Use your brain as well as your fingers to guide red to absolute victory. You'll need skill, you'll need cunning. You'll need to drop cars on people's heads. Defend Your Turf is a genre-bending game - part beat 'em up, part real-time strategy and created specifically for touch screen devices.
Normally trains conductors have automated crossing barriers to keep them from hitting traffic, and railway passengers are expected to get to the correct station on their own. Conductors in Conduct THIS are a bit more hands-on: players are in control of everything, making sure rail lines, switches, road crossings, and passengers all run smoothly. When multiple lines and trains are introduced to the low-poly world, things get more complex in a hurry. In-app purchases (including a $5 option to remove ads) go up to ten bucks.
Conduct THIS. Is an addictive game of explosive railway action that will challenge your inner conductor. Set in a stunning world, with incredibly simple controls you race against time to bring passengers safely to their destination by commanding trains, switching tracks and avoiding collisions in increasingly challenging action-puzzles. As you progress you unlock new trains, gain access to new beautiful and mysterious regions and earn awards.
Eternal Maze Puzzle Adventure
If M. Night Shyamalan's Signs was reimagined as an SNES game, it might look like this one. You play a farmer who gets lost in the maze of his own corn, necessitating a top-down adventure to escape. Gameplay is somewhere between Zelda and Pac-Man thanks to the maze-based levels, inventory puzzles, and compulsory exploration. The story plays out with the aid of a few monsters and a lot of exposition. It's $2 with no in-app purchases.
Inspired by crop circles, Eternal Maze is a puzzle adventure game about a farmer who is trapped in corn mazes. Find the map, find the monoliths, avoid the dogs and survive to escape from the mazes. A leading investigator in the field of contacts with the alien civilisations, Dr Andrew Mystyngton found something in common among the people who have lived all around world in different times.
Cubway is something of a mix between a puzzler and a platformer. There's only one plane to travel along, and you can only go forwards, not backwards. Advancing to the next level requires patient progression to see how the monochromatic obstacles react to your presence. It's a slow and methodical take on the zen game, and the stark light-and-dark graphics are interesting in an ethereal way - backgrounds are atmospheric still photos, foregrounds are basic geometric shapes. Cubway is free with no in-app purchases.
Guide the cube through the long way full of dangers and difficulties, visit many interesting and mysterious places. Mechanics of the game are concentrated around different types of interaction with the obstacles. Some of them are: finding correct spot to overcome the obstacles, blowing them, correct timing of your movement, avoiding dangers, changing your movement directions by the switchers and many more.
Tower Of The Wizard
Tower of the Wizard is one of those games that slavishly attempts to replicate an older style, in this case the monochromatic low-res look of Game Boy platformers from the early 1990s. Gameplay takes after Castlevania quite a bit, with a variety of enemies, a large, sprawling map, and big dramatic bosses. It's free with no in-app purchases, but keep in mind that at the moment it's in "unreleased" form (beta).
The mad Wizard in his tower has sent his minions to terrorize the countryside. With the army away in foreign lands, a lone stranger enters the Wizard's tower to end his menace. You play as a lone adventurer who seeks to put an end to the threat of the mad wizard. Navigate a challenging dungeon, filled with traps and foes. Use the map that you will pick up early on in order to find various equipment, and use them in turn to traverse the myriad obstacles the tower presents to you.
Retro Winter Sports 1986
Speaking of retro games, this one goes back even further. Retro Winter Sports 1986 combines an Atari aesthetic with a few stylistic choices from movies like Ski School. A collection of minimalist Winter Olympic events are presented in super-simple fashion (is this the first time a curling game has ever been featured on the site?). Two dollars with no in-app purchases grant access to curling, bobsledding, speed skating, slalom, ski jump, and the biathlon.
Do you remember the good old home computer sports games? Relive your youth in this beautiful pixelated remake of the evergreens. Participate in the 1986 winter sports tournament and compete against other world-class athletes for international recognition. Six different, action-packed events await you in a beautiful retro-style winter setting. Choose the country you want to represent from 12 different nations.
The Station is mostly a text-based adventure, though it's infrequently supported by a few illustrative graphics. You play a stranded passenger on a space station who's suffering from that age-old narrative device, amnesia. Players have to navigate the station to discover their fate, making some basic choices and solving puzzles (including some linux-based brain-teasers) to get to the end of the story.
You’re in space. But why? And how did you get there? “The Station” is an interactive sci-fi novella set in turbulent times, which the protagonist has a hard time remembering. It's an orbital rabbit hole tale developed by gold extra with Causa Creations' support. Text by Georg Hobmeier and Frances d’Ath, Code by Patrick Borgeat, Sound by Juan A. Romero.
Catch the Bus
Most runner games have whimsical premises designed to delight and amuse you. In Catch the Bus, your job is to catch the titular bus, which at least has the positive aspect of being entirely relatable to anyone who's ever depended on one for a commute. The pace is fast without being unmanageable, and the way the bus passengers mock you for ceaselessly running and jumping is amusing in a mean-spirited way. City-themed environments are varied and the game offers both timed and endless modes. Though the Play Store says it has IAP, I found only ads.
Has it ever happened to you that you are so eager to get home but you're on the other side of the street and the only bus you can take has just departed from the stop? In this case there is only one thing you can do: RUN. And it's not gonna be easy… To reach the next bus stop you'll have to avoid café tables, phone booths, hipsters, other strange people and so much more...
Here's a unique one for you: a mashup of roguelike combat games and... solitaire. Yeah, really. The idea is that you're playing against enemies who control the deck that you're trying to whittle down with classic solitaire matching gameplay. (So I guess technically you're not playing alone?) It's similar to a single-player version of combat games like Hearthstone, but those roguelike elements mean that failure has a high price. It's free with IAP that doesn't go above $4.
Solitairica takes RPG combat and challenging rogue-like progression to a fresh new place—the world of solitaire. Gather your weapons and prepare to battle the armies of Stuck. In the land of Myriodd, all of the hearts have been stolen by the horrible Emperor Stuck, and you are the latest warrior brave enough to try to return them, saving the world from total heartless destruction.
Creature Battle Lab
Imagine if Spore and Digimon had a bastard child (or better yet, imagine if I could come of with a better analogy). That's basically Creature Battle Lab, where you assemble tiny critters who then duke it out in miniature arenas. It's a lot like a more dynamic version of Custom Robo, except you're a genetic engineer instead of a robot-wrangler. The level of customization in the creatures you can create is truly impressive. This one's free with IAP that maxes out at $6.
Enter the world of Creature Battle Lab and experience mad science and crazy fun. Study with Professor Helix and discover the art of genetic creature splicing. Mix up molecules and experiment with DNA to create the ultimate team of fearsome/cute/weird battling creatures. Take part in intense real time battles across a number of themed arenas. Become the No.1 ranked creature battler on the professional inter-lab science circuit.
Symmetria: Path to Perfection
Symmetria tasks players with making perfectly symmetrical designs on a grid-based stage. It seems simple enough at first, but as the designs expand to more complex combinations of fills and blanks, you have to get your mind in the right mood to mirror every stage given to you. Once multiple colors are introduced things begin to get truly hectic. A single-device multiplayer mode is also included. Symmetria is free with a $3 in-app purchase to remove the advertising.
Symmetria is a fast-paced puzzle game about symmetry. A simple yet challenging exercise for perfectionist minds. Why did we create Symmetria? There’s a little itch lurking inside all of us. A little itch that makes us do weird things. Weird things like… avoiding to step on floor tile lines, eating M&Ms in strict color order or becoming mad because that stupid text box won’t align pixel-perfectly. And… that little itch just LOVES symmetry.
Color Glide is an expanded form of the old sliding block puzzle - think of those ice and boulder rooms in the old Zelda and Pokémon games. With a laser focus on movement and blocking, this game delivers a ton of variation on a simple theme, tasking players with more devilish puzzles as the game advances through portals and instant-death squares. Beating the "par" number of slides unlocks more levels. The game is free with a $1 in-app purchase to remove ads, and up to $5 for faster unlocks.
◉ Glide colorful blocks across the screen
◉ Create new and beautiful colors
◉ Challenge your brain to beat par
◉ Solve simplistic puzzles
◉ Enjoy the beautiful and atmospheric design
◉ Simple & unique, unlike anything seen before
◉ Play around with Death, Warp, & Frozen blocks